RCTC Announces 2022-2023 Outstanding Educators

Rochester Community and Technical College is proud to recognize Ruth Casper as the College’s 2023 Outstanding Educator Award. Instructors were nominated by faculty, students, and staff, and completed an extensive portfolio of their work and accomplishments at RCTC to be considered for the award. RCTC will celebrate these remarkable faculty at a reception on Wednesday April 26 from 2-3pm in Coffman Building, room CF 206-208.

Ruth Casper

Outstanding Educator

Dr. Ruth Casper has taught in the Psychology Department since 1996.  During her tenure at RCTC, she has become known as an instructor who genuinely puts her students first.  It is a common occurrence to see students coming to her office for either help or just a compassionate ear.  She also serves as the Faculty Liaison for the Faculty Professional Development Committee, Co-Chairs the Compassion Committee, and is the Faculty Liaison for our Assessment of Student Learning Committee. Dr. Casper has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Nebraska, as master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communication from Fort Hays State University.


Aaron Shannon

Outstanding Adjunct Educator

Along with recognizing an outstanding full-time faculty member, RCTC also recognizes and appreciates the great educational experience the College’s adjunct faculty offer.  This year’s Adjunct Faculty of the Year is Aaron Shannon.  Aaron is an accomplished recording engineer, producer, and musician with over 17 years of experience in Nashville, TN.  He has worked in the Music Department at RCTC since 2016. Aaron earned a bachelor’s degree in Recording Technology from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and a master’s degree in Music Technology from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.  Additionally, Aaron is an RCTC alumnus attending from 1992-1994.